Instant Messengers

You’ve got AIM, Google Talk, MySpaceIM, MSN, Yahoo!, and many other chat networks to choose from, each with their own IM client. (Some of which can be resource-hogging and full of advertisements. =(  )

Instead of simply using each individual client, why not use one client to handle all of these chat networks at once? There are many clients that do that. A few of them are Trillian, Miranda IM, and, my favorite, Pidgin. (Digsby can also be used, and it has many other capabilities beside instant messaging, you have to be careful while installing it to uncheck any bundleware, so I’m not going to suggest using it, and I won’t link to it, either.) Click here for even more options.

As for Firefox add-ons, might I suggest FireGestures, an add-on that adds mouse gestures and various other shortcuts to Firefox, all of which are customizable. You could even set it up to direct the browser to a certain website by drawing a certain symbol, such as a G for Google.

Long Delay

Sorry about the VERY long delay in posting. General laziness/homework/The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Second best game ever, according to snooperassassin. First place is held by Super Mario Bros. 3.).

Anyway, as for the add-on of the day, I’m going to have to go with CS Lite. Think NoScript, but instead of for JavaScript/Java/Flash/Everything else, it lets you control cookies.

However, if controlling cookies isn’t your think, there’s always Target Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO). This lets you keep all of those advertising cookies off of your system.

Moving away from Firefox add-ons, here’s an interesting article from Ars Technica on Big Content and new technology, and, to be completely random, an open-source alternative to iTunes that has a few developers from Winamp, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, and Mozilla Firefox. (…Well, I did say I was moving away from Firefox add-ons, not Firefox, itself. =P )

Greasemonkey, Thunderbird, and an Attack on Linux?

Greasemonkey
Greasemonkey

Greasemonkey is an add-on that lets you change the way a website looks using little bits of JavaScript. A large amount of scripts can be found here. Might I even suggest this one?

Thunderbird
Mozilla Thunderbird

Thunderbird is Web mail client. It’s by the same people who made Firefox. It makes it easy to check multiple e-mail accounts at once. Even GMail. (Of course, I consider my way of getting GMail to work in Thunderbird MUCH easier.)

Other Things to Note

– Everyone knows Microsoft doesn’t like competition. But isn’t this a bit too much?
UPDATE: Neither do they like the competition from Apple.

How to make Ubuntu Linux 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) look like Mac OS X.

“Should I buy it?” Flow Chart

Changing the way Windows XP looks.

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus

I hate them. You hate them. And they’re everywhere.

You know what I’m talking about. The ads. The ones that make your computer crawl at a painfully slow pace, and eat up your computer’s resources before you can even get to what you actually WANTED to do on the page.

Thankfully, for those of us who never click on those ads to begin with and simply want to be able to play Flash games or anything else like that, there’s Adblock Plus.

Also note that you can make exceptions to the ad blocking for certain websites. For instance, you could let Kongregate show ads, but no other websites, if you wanted to. Just for example. I mean, it’s not like Kongregate makes money from advertisements, or anything. (In other words: OF COURSE THEY DO.)

Marth’s Firefox Add-ons

Mozilla Firefox. It’s the second most popular browser available, and there’s a good reason for it too. It’s not just because it’s fast, reliable, and free. It’s popular because of the add-ons.

Being that add-ons are so important to Firefox, I decided to post one add-on for Firefox that I would recommend per day. So, here’s add-on #1!

Be paranoid! Browse with NoScript!

NoScript

If I had to choose any one Firefox add-on, this would be it. It improves Firefox security through various methods, while also providing a simple interface to block and allow websites to use JavaScript, Flash, and Java. It’s very easy to customize, and settings can be imported to other computers running Firefox using Weave or XMarks.

First Post!

Yeah, this is the first post in the Unofficial Café Kong Blog. Expect to see random posts by various people soon (hopefully within a week, but no promises). For more information on this blog, see the About page.